Employment Opportunities

Want to work for us? We accept résumés on an ongoing basis for both professional librarians and individuals who are interested in clerical or page positions. Mercer County residency required. Candidate would be subject to all Civil Service regulations. EOE/AA/ADA Employer, and all applicants are subject to pre-employment test including drug test, physical examination and background check. To apply, compose an email with the subject line: [position] — [branch] (for example, “Youth Services Librarian — Ewing Branch”). Attach your résumé as a PDF and send it to:

Ellen Brown
Library Director
director@mcl.org

Current Openings

COVID-19 Update

Although the scheduled hours of these vacancies will mirror our present circumstances, the library system will move toward increasing its hours and days of operation back to a pre-COVID schedule, as COVID 19 and the Governor's EOs permit. Any candidate wishing to pursue a vacancy with the library system will be required to at some point work evenings, weekends, and holidays. Candidates must be flexible and adaptable to what could be a changing environment. Part time staff in particular must be aware that most part time positions require working every Saturday and/or Sunday, or at least every other. Some require, under normal circumstances, more than one evening per week.

Please also remember our programming needs have changed - in addition to in-house programming, which will resume as soon as is safe to do so, we engage our public by creating virtual programming and participating in the library's blog and other social media outlets. Outreach is also an important component to any library position, and will be again, as soon as permitted.

Building Maintenance Worker

Posted: 1/21/2021

This is a full time position, 37.5 hours per week, that supports the custodial needs and outside maintenance of eight branches within the Library System. Under direction of a supervisory official, the candidate will perform varied simple and  moderately physically strenuous tasks involved in  cleaning and  maintaining public library buildings, furniture, buildings, and grounds;  may assist  in  making minor repairs to buildings or equipment; does other related duties as required. This position is affiliated with AFSCME 2287, and is a NJCSC title.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Cleans   rooms,  offices,  lunch rooms,  community rooms, public areas, and restrooms.
  • Dusts, cleans, and polishes furniture, fixtures, woodwork, shelving, and equipment.
  • Washes and cleans windows, sweeps, washes, strips, waxes, and polishes floors, and sweeps and vacuums rugs. May paint in various areas of the branches.
  • May make minor repairs to the heating, electrical, and other systems of varied types of buildings, and services bathrooms/restrooms.
  • Assists carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and other in-house or outside vendors by carrying tools and materials, by placing and removing ladders, by cleaning up after work has been done, and by doing other varied tasks of a simple nature.
  • Empties ashtrays outdoors, wastebaskets inside and outdoors, and recycling containers.
  • Assist branch personnel in the removal and storage of books and other items.
  • Distributes supplies.
  • Keeps essential records and files.
  • In the Department of Human Services, may be required to undergo fire training classes.
  • When necessary, moves and controls equipment, carries and sets up ladders and scaffolding, and works from ladders and scaffolds.
  • When assigned, moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Mops or scrapes sticky materials from floors.
  • Occasionally works on ladders to change light bulbs, replace venetian blinds, wash walls, and so forth.
  • When assigned, moves furniture, supplies, and equipment.
  • Runs power cleaning equipment, cleans and oils the equipment, and changes brushes and accessories.
  • May trim hedges, rake and leaves and refuse, trim driveway and sidewalk edges using spades and hoes.
  • Shovels  snow and spreads sand or salt on icy surfaces to prevent slipping.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS

LICENSE:

  • Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of procedures, materials, and tools used in washing, waxing, vacuuming, and polishing wood, tile, cement, linoleum, glass, and other woodwork, furniture, and fixtures.
  • Knowledge of use of and minor adjustment to sweepers, vacuum cleaners, floor waxers, polishers, and other equipment.
  • Knowledge of how to make minor repairs to heating, electrical, plumbing, and other systems.
  • Ability to handle cleaning problems, lift and move moderately heavy objects, organize cleaning work, and develop work methods.
  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written directions, and to learn quickly from directions and demonstrations.
  • Ability to maintain a building, ward, laboratory, office, unit, or area in a clean, hygienic, and orderly condition.
  • Ability to follow safety precautions and to report potentially hazardous conditions.
  • Ability to work effectively with other employees.
  • Ability to keep simple records.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
  • A complete job description can be found on the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website. 

Applications will be accepted until a candidate if found; only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Part Time Library Assistant, various locations

Posted: 1/7/2021

The library system has several vacancies in the title of part time library assistant throughout the system. At this time, there are vacancies at our Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Robbinsville and West Windsor branches. These are 19 hours per week positions, and primarily involve evening and weekend hours, accrue vacation and sick leave time, are eligible for holiday pay, but do not have health benefits associated with them.

Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021.These positions require candidates who will provide outstanding patron service to a diverse public. The successful candidate must possess strong customer service skills, be willing to work as part of a team, be detail-oriented, and be able to complete a variety of tasks in an organized manner. Candidates should exhibit a strong sense of friendly professionalism, be self-motivated, have good communication skills, be flexible, have the ability to handle problem situations, and contribute new ideas that will help the branch to better serve its community.

Duties consist of, but are not limited to: general circulation desk duties, processing patron hold requests and reports, emptying the book and AV drops, assisting library patrons with directional questions, renewing items for patrons, performing title and subject searches, placing items on reserve, helping patrons with using the copier, performing basic copier maintenance, answering the phone, outreach participation, filing, occasional shelving, shelf reading and other projects and assignments as needed, such as participation in the library's contactless delivery of materials. Computer proficiency (including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher) is preferred. Only candidates who want to be a part of a team environment need apply.

Part Time Library Page, Ewing Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This is a part-time, 19 hours per week position. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. This is a permanent position that earns accrued leave time, and is eligible for holiday pay.

The position requires a flexible, self-motivated individual who can perform basic library tasks with minimal supervision. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: sorting and shelving library materials; looking for books on the Holds list and processing patron requests; shelf reading; clearing books, stray paper and other items from library shelves and tables; answering directional questions and assisting patrons in locating library materials; preparing library materials to send to other branches; ability to utilize standard office equipment (including computers); ability to easily follow/understand oral and written directives, and other tasks as specified by the branch manager/supervisor. Ability to read, write, speak, and communicate in English, and ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System is required.

Part Time Librarian 1/Library Associate, Ewing Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This position is in adult reference at our Ewing Branch. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. These are permanent positions that earns accrued leave time, and are eligible for holiday pay. Students enrolled in a master's program will be considered as a Library Associate. If applying as a Librarian 1, please be aware of the requirement of an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian's Certification.

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic, forward thinking, resourceful, flexible, efficient, conscientious, detail-oriented, and a self-starter. The ideal candidate should also possess excellent written communication and customer service skills as well as friendly professionalism. Willingness to be part of a professional team environment to provide excellent reference service and programming for adults is a must.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Searching the library catalog and locating library materials
  • Accessing databases and other reference materials and showing patrons how to do so
  • Assisting patrons of all ages with information needs in person, electronically, and by telephone
  • Using computer, scanner, copier and projector
  • Teaching computer classes
  • Planning/assisting with adult programming, including virtual. The library will continue to provide a hybrid of virtual programming, so comfort using and engaging in YouTube and GoToMeeting presentations is necessary. Creating marketing materials (such as adult program calendars and flyers)
  • Participating in outreach activities, including participating in a library blog rotation
  • Participating in collection development
  • Providing readers' advisory services and selecting library materials
  • Assisting patrons in the operation of computer equipment and software and providing appropriate instruction when needed

Knowledge of current library technologies and the ability to use technology, including the library's automated system, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and Publisher.

Part Time Librarian 1/Library Associate, Lawrence Branch

Posted: 1/7/2021

This position is in youth services at our Lawrence Branch. Please note that the Library System's hours of operation are limited at the present time due to our need to social distance and hybrid service offerings. Candidates must be flexible with a future schedule to include evening, weekend, and holiday hours at some point in 2021. These are permanent positions that earns accrued leave time, and are eligible for holiday pay. Students enrolled in a master's program will be considered as a Library Associate. If applying as a Librarian 1, please be aware of the requirement of an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution and a NJ Librarian's Certification.

Please note, under a normal schedule, the Lawrence Headquarters Branch is open four of the county-observed holidays and applicants must be available to work on some of them. Sunday hours to change to another shift during summer months when the Library is closed.

The successful candidate will show enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, a willingness to learn and an awareness of youth literature. Must also have excellent customer service skills and enjoy working with the public.

Candidate should be able to work within a budget, and work both independently as well as in a team environment. Multitasking and assisting the public from the youth desk is the norm for us in the department.

Knowledge of current library technologies and the ability to use technology, including the library's automated system, online reference resources, and Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Publisher and Excel are essential.

This is an opportunity for a high-energy candidate to be positively involved in all aspects of youth librarianship in a vibrant, busy, system headquarters. The successful candidate will staff the youth desk alone at times, but also work alongside the rest of our experienced youth services staff team of 4.

Duties will include, but may not be limited to the following:

  • Provide welcoming face-to-face patron services at the youth desk to our diverse public of children, teens, adults and caregivers. Assist patrons by accompanying them to the shelves to find necessary materials as well as locating answers using our Virtual Branch. Instruct patrons as necessary in using our catalog and Virtual Branch resources.
  • Plan and provide fun, engaging programming to youth from infants on up through young adults-including regular daily programs as well as larger parties, and seasonal events. Must have a comfort level with presenting and singing in front of our groups and have a good working knowledge of group or classroom management skills. The library will continue to provide a hybrid of virtual programming, so comfort using and engaging in YouTube and GoToMeeting presentations is necessary.
  • Creating engaging online content for the Library's social media accounts including writing blog posts and appearing on YouTube. Video editing skills are a plus.
  • Participate in materials selection for all of the youth print and non-print fiction and nonfiction collections, according to collection development policies
  • Outreach such as in-house tours and off-site seasonal outreach provision with community partners such as schools, parenting groups, clubs, local businesses, governmental and social services agencies. Participates in the library's blog schedule.
  • Communicate with patrons in person, through email, by telephone and via electronic tools.
  • Advertising and promotion of departmental happenings through creating flyers, using our EventKeeper calendaring software and sharing documents and photos with our Social Media librarian.
  • Pull books from the stacks and create physical in-library displays.
  • Routine maintenance tasks such as materials processing, pulling holds, craft preparation, materials deletions, creating and hanging decorations, and all aspects related to indoor and outdoor event setup and take-down

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